Breakthroughs Blog

City of Hope has so many breakthroughs in cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS - and so many stories - that we've tailored our blog, Breakthroughs, to provide something for every reader. Whether the breakthroughs are about medical research, treatment advances or personal triumphs, they're all connected.

John Zaia
Gene therapy makes a potent weapon against against AIDS, cancer and more

August 11, 2016 | Jay Fernandez

This past year, leading-edge gene therapy has continued to take bold steps out of the laboratory and into the realm of potentially lifesaving treatments.

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Gene therapy update: Potent weapons against AIDS, cancer and more

August 11, 2016 | City of Hope

In the past year, leading-edge gene therapy – the process of fighting lethal illnesses by manipulating their mechanisms at the cellular level – has continued to take bold steps out of the laboratory and into the realm of potentially life-saving treatments.

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Aaron Kim
Re-engineering stem cells to eradicate HIV in lifelong sufferer

April 19, 2016 | Letisia Marquez

Aaron Kim is the first HIV patient treated as part of a new City of Hope clinical trial that will determine if a patient’s own genetically engineered bone marrow cells can safely be used to treat HIV.

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Breast cancer 2016: Dramatic advances create revolution in treatment

December 30, 2015 | By Veronique de Turenne

The evolution of breast cancer treatment has become a revolution thanks to precision medicine, improved screening, and a move to more refined surgical techniques. This momentum will continue in 2016 as advances such as immunotherapy, nipple-sparing surgery, and gene therapy continue to transform the field.

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Liver cancer 2016: From immunotherapy to gene therapy and beyond

December 24, 2015 | Veronique de Turenne

By the end of 2016, treatment for liver cancer could look much different than it does now. Progress in the evolving field of immunotherapy and the emerging field of viral-based gene therapy herald a promising new era in the field of liver cancer.

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John Zaia, M.D.
Stem cell study could bring us closer to a “functional” HIV cure

December 1, 2015 | Abe Rosenberg

“We could see a functional cure for HIV in the next 5-10 years,” predicts John Zaia, M.D., a world-renowned genetic researcher and Director of the Center for Gene Therapy at City of Hope's Hematologic Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplantation Institute.

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Cancer Insights: What I’ll be looking for in Chicago – an ASCO 2015 preview

May 27, 2015 | Sumanta Kumar Pal M.D.

The American Society of Clinical Oncology  (ASCO) is a U.S.-based organization that ties together oncology health care professionals (doctors, nurses and pharmacists) from around the world. The organization’s annual meeting represents a key forum in which scientific breakthroughs in oncology are unveiled.

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Cancer research 2015: T cell immunotherapy, targeted drugs and more

January 1, 2015 | Tami Dennis

Every year, researchers make gains in the understanding of cancer, and physicians make gains in the treatment of cancer. As a result, every year, more cancer patients survive their disease. In 2015, cancer research will move forward in ways both high-profile and little-heralded.

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